Ear Wax Removal

Although Ear wax removal is essential, it is a normal product of healthy ears that protects the skin from water and infection. Individuals vary greatly in the amount and consistency of ear wax. When a patient has too much ear wax, it can plug up their ear causing hearing loss and an uncomfortable feeling. Ear wax can also obscure the doctor’s vision of the ear canal, masking other more serious problems. For those patients with hearing aids, ear wax is the leading cause of hearing aid malfunction.

Ear wax removal can be performed in a variety of ways including the use of a curette (a tool used to scoop or pull wax out of the ear), and flushing the ear with water. Each clinician chooses which technique based on the severity of impaction as well as personal preference.

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Q-tips can further impact ear wax causing an increase in discomfort when wax removal is performed.

Ear Wax Removal